Even though the summer is flying right by, the summer squash varieties seem to be consistently present in our CSA share. Yellow summer squash, green zucchini, even yellow zucchini… I’m receiving 3 – 4 of these delicious summer veggies each week. Thankfully there’s an endless supply of unique summer squash ideas on the internet to drool over.
Personally, I want to taste the freshness of these vegetables, and this summer squash ratatouille allows you to do just that. Sadly, summer doesn’t last very long around these parts, so I am constantly seeking out recipes that embrace all of the local & fresh ingredients the season has to offer. Enter, ratatouille. A dish that really lets the squash do the talking. While traditional ratatouille uses eggplant as a key ingredient, this version does not. So, eggplant haters – rejoice! This ratatouille is just for you!
I found Smitten’s Kitchen version of this dish just after I received my mandolin as a birthday gift last August. What a great kitchen tool! Now, I never have to pass on a recipe that requires thinly sliced ingredients. If you don’t have a mandolin, you’re going to need a sharp knife and patience, because it’s going to take some time to slice all those veggies up by hand. A mandolin will make quick work of the prep required for this meal.
I really appreciate the simplicity of this dish, and how easily it comes together. Too easy. The hardest part is remembering which vegetable to layer on next. So, you can pretend like you worked really hard to make this dish look as elegant as it does. No one has to know that how simple it really is. And, honestly, the flavor of this dish just can’t be beat. Fresh zucchini and squash, baked with just a drizzle of olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt & pepper. Really, what’s better than summer produce at the peak of perfection? Um… food wise? Not much else. Unless, you count crumbling some creamy goat cheese over top of this ratatouille before digging in. Which I highly recommend you do.
Winter, please stay away. I’d like to eat zucchini from the CSA all year long. Thanks.
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